BEAT CERVICAL CANCER
18th May 2018 Friday, marked the end of Free Cervical Cancer Screening & Treatment training and project at JOOTRH. The hospitals represented by the nurses trained were KMET Corkran Clinic, Masaba Hospital, Ahero Medical Centre, Kisumu County Hospital (KCH), JOOTRH, Migosi Hospital and Masogo Sub-County Hospital. After the 5days of training and implementing the knowledge acquired for cervical cancer screening and treatment, the nurses called it quits at 1pm and headed for a short test. Certificates were handed to them by Rebecca Lopsik; Program Director of curecervicalcancer.org, CEO of JOOTRH; Ogutu and Executive Director of KMET; Monica Oguttu. After all, it’s a training worth celebration and appreciation. Speaking of celebration, it can’t go unmentioned that the feat CBK band delighted the clients as they waited to be served. They made them laugh, smile and definitely eased their tension.
Vote of thanks was given by KMET’s very own Monica Oguttu, curecervicalcancer.org’s Rebecca Lopsik, JOOTRH’s CEO Ogutu and Monica on behalf of County Health director’s office. Monica urged the health facilitators to implement what they’ve been trained to do regarding cervical cancer screening (VIA method—Visual Inspection with Acetic Acid) and treatment by means of cryotherapy. She further impelled them to apply knowledge gained within the 5days, consult and seek advice. She encouraged them to use Community Health Volunteers (CHVs) and take advantage of any chance such as weddings and funerals to urge women to come for cervical cancer screening.
Apart from the vote of thanks, it had surely been an eventful and educative week characterized by entertainment such as the Road show which was a good mobilization method for people inquired more about this See & Treat project “Free Cervical Cancer Screening & Treatment.” Also, in the bright sunshine, Lolwe TV crew paid JOOTRH a visit in order to inquire more about this initiative; Free Cervical Cancer Screening & Treatment by KMET in partnership with curecervicalcancer.org
By the way, women aged 50 and above were referred to Marie Stopes and Family Health Options Kenya for Pap smear since the screening here was VIA which doesn’t give clear results for such ages because a part in the cervix(squamocolumnar junction cervix–SJC) has become less visual with age. Ages below 25 were not really at risk besides the cervix would be loose hence not able to hold pregnancy if they go for screening every now and then from that tender age.
Some men thought that since HPV is gotten via sexual intercourse and they are the carrier, they need to be tested yet some were green about what cervical cancer is and which part of the body it affects. Such thought it’s a disease that affects the throat but at the end of the day, they were properly sensitized. Some clients posted for photo shots and many expressed how grateful they are for taking the chance to be screened and hoped more initiatives like this would be done often.
Finally, the number of women screened is 407 of which 10 were found “suspicious” and referred immediately and 8 tested “positive” so cryotherapy was done. The training is a wrap and the health facilitators instigate for provision of CO2 gas for cryotherapy at their health facilities. They were reminded that documentation is essential because every month, data will be collected by Community Health Nurse from KMET(Faith). Masaba Hospital, Ahero Medical Center and KMET Corkran Clinic will soon be equipped with cryotherapy essentialities.